Ryan Braun has agreed to accept a suspension for the remainder of the year due to his involvement with the BioGenesis Lab in South Florida and will now miss 65 games without pay?
This sounds fishy to me, am I the only one?
He fought his previous suspension tooth and nail and was able to win an appeal on a technicality, why would he all of a sudden decide to take his medicine and also do it way in advance of anyone else? MLB already stated that they wouldn't suspend anyone related to BioGenesis until the off season...so why the eagerness to fall on his sword?
Here's my deduction.
The Brewers are done this season, that much is clear and he's not blind to that so taking the suspension that he knows is coming now during a lost season gets him out of having to go through the motions with his team for the remainder of the year making the timing perfect. I don't believe it was the main reason though...here it goes.
MLB has stated that they are negotiating with the players involved individually to determine their level of discipline, if the players are defensive and fight their suspensions then they'll get an undetermined amount of games suspension in the event they're proven to have used PED's, but if they admit to using PED's then in exchange they'll receive a lower suspension. I'm willing to bet that in exchange for accepting the suspension now and agreeing to a longer suspension then he would normally be subject to, 65 games instead of 50, that he will get to keep his MVP Award even if it's shown that he was juicing during his MVP season. Kemp deserved the award and should get it, but he's going to get screwed again and it makes me want to puke. ESPN is saying what a courageous act on Braun's behalf and a bunch of BS, he's taking the easy way out by foregoing a lost season and keeping his MVP even though he didn't deserve it.
It's a little deep, but it's not out of the realm of possibility and I bet it's closer to the truth than anything we hear from this point.